Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: The Amish Seamstress by:Clark/Gould

The Amish Seamstress (Women of Lancaster County #4)
About the Book:
Bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould provide an unexpected surprise in The Amish Seamstress, Book 4 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Amish women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.

Izzy Mueller is an exceptional listener and gifted caregiver. She's also a talented seamstress. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She's content with her life until circumstances reconnect her with someone she once loved. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite, is not what her family is hoping for in a spouse, and his creative interest in filmmaking is definitely at odds with her Amish upbringing.

As Izzy is swept up again in Zed and renews her friendship with his sister, Ella, she begins to ask questions about her own life--her creative longings and historical interests, her relationships and desire for romance, and most importantly, her faith. What is the path God has for her? Can she learn from the past of both her family's and Zed's--or must she forge a completely different future of her own?

About the Authors:
Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books (more than 450,000 copies sold), which include A Pocket Guide to Amish Life, Shadows of Lancaster County, Whispers of the Bayou, and The Amish Midwife. In addition, Mindy is a popular inspirational speaker and playwright.

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

My Review:
 I loved this book! It is so rich and full of life. It is one of a series but can totally fill you in as a stand alone book. Izzy is such a sweet girl, a girl next door if you will that is trying to find out where she fits in, in this life.She has been friends with Zed Bayer for a good long time. She became acquainted with him, after she had taken to caring for his father during a prolonged illness.

 But soon their friendship blossomed into something more. But since his is Mennonite and she is Amish her family decided that they just remain really good "friends". And after awhile it became easier for them to honor her parents in that way. But the closer Izzy gets to the day that Zed has to go away to college the sadder and more melancholy she gets.

 It's only after a location outing she soon discovers that she is madly in love with him. But will he feel the same way is the question of the day. So as a possible romance is beginning to resume where it left off alot of other things transpire among the two families that are very unique and it draws such a bigger picture than what is first introduced to us in the beginning of the story.

 Izzy is a seamstress that is advised that she shouldn't pursue this to eventually make money from it. So she decides to go to school to be a caregiver and just as she is about to complete the program something happens that make her question that. Zed seems to be born to make films. He is an awesome talent in his own right where this is concerned. This story is a sweet love story among two young people. The authors did a great job on letting us in on the lives of the two of them.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.